– Arsenal’s former scout Damien Comolli reveals Cristiano Ronaldo could have joined Arsenal
– The former scout says the Portuguese winger visited Arsenal’s training ground twice as a teenager
– The Real Madrid man met with Thierry Henry, his idol but Man Utd pounced early and signed him
– Comolli suggests Arsenal first knew about a talented Ronaldo as a 15 year old at Sporting Lisbon
A former scout for Arsenal Damien Comolli has revealed how Cristiano Ronaldo would have joined Arsenal as a teenager after vising the club’s training ground and meeting Thierry Henry twice.
The Real Madrid star was spotted by the north London outfit while beginning his career at Sporting but despite concrete interest he joined Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Comolli revealed that Ronaldo couldn’t join Arsenal because the club did not have the cash to broker the deal and the youngster went on to impress Ferguson in a pre-season game and joined Manchester United.
“The first time I saw Ronaldo, it was at the Montaigu tournament, he was 15,” Comolli told SFR Sport. “He played against Japan before and I thought: ‘Who the hell is this?’
“At half-time, I called my contact in Portugal to which I said that I had seen a phenomenon. Since Thierry Henry, I had never seen anyone like that.
“He came to the [Arsenal] training centre twice. Nobody knows that. He met Thierry, who was his idol. But when it came to making the transfer, there was no money.
“Some months later, Manchester United secured a partnership with Sporting and they played a friendly match in Lisbon. He slaughtered them and Sir Alex Ferguson said: ‘He must go to United’.”
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